A strike threatened by BBC technicians for this Friday and Saturday has been called off. Members of technology union BECTU were planning to strike over plans to privatise their division. However, this afternoon the BBC said staff have received an improved offer from buyers Siemens. But a further strike planned for 13 and 14 August has not yet been called off, and could threaten the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics opening ceremony in Athens. Whether this goes ahead will depend on the results of a ballot of members which BECTU is organising to gauge opinion on the revised offer from Siemens. The BBC’s chief technology officer John Varney says the BBC was continuing to negotiate with Siemens to get the best deal for the staff involved.